Now Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, saying, “Keep the whole commandment that I command you today.”

Deuteronomy 27: 1

 

The commandment that Moses was giving to the people that he was leading was comprised of the rules and the essential structure for living as a community that belonged to the one true God. Although it certainly did make up the foundation for a civil law code, it was much more than that. There were other law codes in existence in their part of the world. However, none of them had as its center the expression of the singular starting point for all human interaction and transaction that was in God’s law, “Hear, O Israel; “The Lord our God, the Lord is One. You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” “(Dt. 6: 4, 5).

 

If this total and uncompromising love for God was not their reality, then they were not living in accordance with God’s ways. When that happened, there were always consequences to be paid. Living righteously did not mean an easy life, but it did mean that they were going to be continually blessed by God. These blessings from the Lord were great, wonderful, and profound for the followers of Moses. They are amazing and beyond everything else that can be experienced in life during our times as well. The act and the practice of remaining true to God and to following His will at all times and in all ways is a decision that each of us needs to make. As it was singularly important for Moses and the Israelites to make this decision, so making it is a life changing one for people today.

 

We hear many voices that try to tell us what it means to live well. There is an overwhelming amount of information available to us to use in processing almost every decision that we need to make. Yet, all of life, even in our over-informed, complex world, can be well managed and each of our decisions needs to be informed by this one, singular ancient expression of truth. If we love God as described, with the totality of our being; and we determine to keep His truth, love, justice, and righteousness before us in all that we think and do; we will truly dwell in the land that God has given to us for His purposes and there will be an eternal peace in our souls. Thus our doxology can be, “Hear, O people of the Lord, there is but one God; Father, Son and Spirit, three in one. Although my love for You is a weak shadow of Your love that is poured out upon me, I do love You, Lord, with all of my heart, soul and might. Amen.”

 

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